Wreningham school wins green award for third time
18:33 01 October 2012
Wreningham Primary School
Pupils have shown themselves to be worthy champions of the environment after their school was awarded its third Green Flag – one of only three schools in the county to win it so many times.
Wreningham Primary School was awarded the international eco-schools award for the third time in a row for continued excellence in improving the environmental performance of the school and wider community.
Headteacher Rob Jones said: “It’s marvellous. It’s a great achievement. Our school motto is ‘Team’ and it was very much a team effort – pupils, staff and parents all working together.
“It’s fun but also educational – lifelong learning, teaching children habits which they will take with them through high school and beyond.
“The children really enjoy it and what they learn they take back home with them. They’re really passionate about the environment. We’ve had children telling their parents off for leaving lights on!”
Angela Tibke, of the Eco-Schools Keep Britain Tidy Programme, said: “The Eco-Schools philosophy runs deep within the life of the school at Wreningham.”
Pupils take part in an array of environmental activities, including Switch-Off Fortnight, Lunch Time Crunch Time, fairtrade, an eco-school council, and the Wombles (a club run by parent helper Lindsey Parfitt who helped put together the school’s winning eco-action plan).
The action plan includes: reducing energy and water use, increasing recycling and using all fruit and vegetable waste to make compost, increasing links with French and African schools, increasing the number of house plants in classrooms, extending the allotment to grow seasonal fruit and vegetables, and improving biodiversity by increasing and maintaining habitats for insects, small animals and birds.
One of the planned green initiatives this year is to build a greenhouse out of lemonade bottles.
The school will be holding an open morning on Saturday, November 10, starting at 10am.